Voices unite to fight Lincolnshire’s library closures

Lincolnshire Library protest march
Lincolnshire Library protest march

More than 900 people have voiced their opinions about the proposed cuts to Lincolnshire library services.

With the consultation period set to draw to a close, the comments already made would cover over 100 A4 pages if printed.

As well as expressing views at savelincslibraries.org.uk, around 400 people marched in Lincoln last weekend (Saturday, September 21) to protest against the cuts.

Market Rasen campaigner Angela Montague said: “We are a small campaign group of volunteers, dotted across the county, and we’re a broad cross section of people.

“We’ve pulled together and generated 20,000 petition signatures and rallied 400 people to march in Lincoln from across the county”.

The library in Market Rasen is currently facing a cut of three hours, from 28 to 25, while Keelby is faced with a reduction to two hours a week. Councillors are hopeful that Caistor’s library, which was faced with closure, will be saved.

Mary Orphanoudakis, one of those who has signed the petition from Market Rasen, said: “I feel that all children should be encouraged to read and enjoy books.

“People living in rural areas will feel completely cut off if their library closes or the mobile library is stopped.

“This may be the only chance, especially for the elderly, to have access to books and it may be the highlight of the week”.

Rachel Denton, also from Market Rasen, echoed this view saying: “As a tutor it is essential that ALL of my students (and not just those who can afford these things at home) have ready access to books and internet information.

“To close it would be a direct discrimination against the poor”.

Rasenite Mike Shields summed up the general feeling of the community by writing: “Please keep them open, the elderly, poor and information-hungry need these wonderful places.”

There are still plenty of ways to get your voice heard before the consultation closes on Monday, September 30.

Questionnaires are available line (www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/librariesconsultation) and hard copies are available in local libraries.

You can also voice your opinion by calling the customer service centre on 01522 782010.